• The Power of Language in Innovation

    Author: Holly Parker   I am a recovering high school English teacher. I spent 15 years helping young people understand and interact with the world and each other through the purposeful analysis and employment of language.   While I haven’t been in the classroom for five...

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  • The Myths of Competency-Based Education: Questions of Equity and Quality

    Over 200 colleges in the U.S. are now exploring technology-enabled competency-based education (CBE). Some of this interest is spurred by the realization that the ‘new normal’ in higher ed is a 27-year-old who is the first in her family to attempt to go to college—with a job...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Rethinking Remediation

    The statistics are dismal: at least a third of students entering college (and even more at community colleges) are required to take remedial courses based on standardized placement test results. These results indicate that they are not likely to succeed in credit-bearing entry-level courses. Such...

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  • 7 Things to Know About Leading Academic Transformation

    Author: Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative According to an Internet meme, culture eats strategy for lunch. This means that a campus culture exerts a powerful influence, one that can either be beneficial or detrimental to academic transformation. I would suspect that all of us...

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  • Designing a Better Learning Environment

    The Learning Space Rating System for Higher Education Rows of chairs and desks face forward, pointed toward a podium and a whiteboard. You’ve been in this room before. It’s the slightly updated version of a bygone era’s lecture hall. But the all-too-familiar design is giving...

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  • Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success: Focus on the Transformation of Advising

    Picture yourself as a prospective student at Montgomery County Community College, just about to register for college classes for the first time. You know there’s quite a journey in front of you – two years of full-time study that, you hope, will end with your receiving an associate...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: It Takes a Village (Make That a City)

    Institutions of postsecondary education aren’t islands, and they can’t pull off the completion agenda in ivory-tower isolation. In recognition of this, cities are joining forces with the colleges and universities that call them home in “Community Partnerships for Attainment,...

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  • Closing the Credential Gap: Higher Education’s Accessibility Makeover

    The launch of the 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator When you gather a group of university leaders from across the country together in one room, you get widely varied perspectives on the challenges unique to each of them and those they share as well. It helps when those leaders represent the...

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  • A Breakthrough Game Design for Student Success

    By: Victoria (Tori) Mondelli 2010 was a good year. Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) was founded as an education reform initiative, and I discovered the value of learning games from my colleagues in the CUNY Games Network.   Fast-forward to the summer of 2014, and I find myself...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Unbundling

    Until the last decade or two, “going to college” was shorthand for sitting in classrooms several times a week, course by course and semester by semester, for two to four years, and endeavoring to understand the material covered well enough to pass the tests. Taking center stage in each...

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